Waipara Vineyards – 1 hour drive from Christchurch
About an hour north of Christchurch lies the Waipara wine district, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing wine regions and home to some excellent boutique vineyards. Waipara translates from the Maori language as “muddy water” due to the braided rivers that carry glacial silt from the mountains to the sea.
Waipara vineyards are perhaps best known for excellent Pinot Noir, sought after for their rich notes of licorice, caused by the high amount of limestone in the soil. Zingy Rieslings are also popular in Waipara, with many winning national awards. This is a great region to taste the many varietals grown here.
With 90 vineyards in the region there is a good selection of cellar doors to visit including Muddy Water, Waipara Springs, Torlesse, Black Estate and a range of others including Pegasus Bay which also boasts one of New Zealand’s finest winery restaurants.